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October 31, 2017 05:02 PM

USD Football Players Facing Rape Charges Suspended From Team, But Still In Class

Vermillion, SD

KELOLAND investigates has uncovered new information when it comes to how University of South Dakota is handling the rape charges against the two football players the incident allegedly happened at their apartment on Oct. 22.

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Campus police turned the case over to Vermillion police two days later. 

The University sent out a news release about an alleged sexual assault incident off-campus on the 26th. 

But USD never did notify students about the incident until Tuesday after the students were in court. They say the public was not in danger at any time. 

USD says that's a judgment call made by law enforcement. 

Rambo Jr. and Williamson Jr. are facing felony charges for the alleged sexual assault that took place here at their off-campus apartment. 

Since the assault was reported, both have been suspended from the football team for breaking team rules. However, they're not suspended from school.

"Students are still here on campus and allowed to go to class," USD Dean of Students Kim Grieve said. 

Angela Kennecke: Does that mean there's a chance they could run into their accuser; their accuser could run into them?
Grieve: There is a chance that could happen, absolutely.

While two of the men involved admitted to police the victim's story was true, USD is only beginning its own investigation into the incident and has just notified all parties involved about an upcoming hearing.

"So the Title IX officer will spend a lot of time interviewing different people as well as going over all the documents and then make a decision whether there is a reasonable basis to move the investigation forward," Grieve said.
 
Grieve says the victim in this case does have the option to ask for interim measures to be taken in the meantime, if she has any concerns about running into the football players on campus. So far, that hasn't happened.
 
USD will not have to include this incident in its crime statistics reporting to the federal government, because the alleged sexual assault took place off-campus.

USD requires online sexual assault prevention training for students. However, KELOLAND News spoke to several who say they didn't complete the training and haven't faced any repercussions.  The University says it doesn't freeze students' accounts for not completing the requirement, but does continue to remind them.

USD football players are required to take part in face-to-face training, but USD says it cannot tell us if the players involved in this incident had completed online sexual assault training.

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